On this day in 1964, The Beatles made their
first visit to "The Ed Sullivan Show," where Sullivan
ordered the moptopped lads not to sing the song "I Wanna
Hold Your Breasts."
On this day in 1950, Sen. Joseph McCarthy warned that the
State Department was infested with Communists and presented
a photo-copy from Kinkos naming names of prominent Pinkos.
William Henry Harrison (1773-1841): ninth president, died
just 32 days into his term when he was bitten by a rabid Kentucky
congressman and had to be put down.
Roger Mudd, 76: newsman who covered the great mudslides of
the 20th century.
Joe Pesci, 61: actor, starred in "Goodkillas" and
Mia Farrow, 59: actress, starred opposite the Devil in "Rosemary's
Crack Baby" and Jimi Hendrix in "The Purple Haze
On this day in 1949, opening on Broadway was
Arthur Miller's new play "Death of a Used Car Salesman."
On this day in 1962, Russia traded Francis Gary Powers, a
captured American U-2 pilot, for 12 cases of Gordon's Vodka
and a Soviet dissident to be named later.
On this day in 1998, the Senate confirmed Dr. David Satcher
as surgeon general following Satcher's ominous warning: "Failure
to support my nomination could be hazardous to your health."
Boris Pasternak (1890-1960): Russian author, best known for
his classic novel "Dr. Zhivago and Mr. Hyde."
Robert Wagner, 74: actor, starred in "Prince Valium"
and "A Piss Before Dying."
Roberta Flack, 65: singer, hit #1 in 1973 with "Killing
Me Softly With Arsenic," as a fashion designed popularized
the Flack Jacket.
George Stephanopoulos, 43: former White House pretty boy.
On this day in 1990, Nelson Mandela was freed after spending
27 years in a South African prison. Asked what he would do,
Mandela responded, "I'm going to Disney World."
On this day in 1993, President Clinton named Miami prosecutor
Janet Reno to be the first female attorney general, despite
widespread concern that she might frighten the nation's children.
Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931): noted genius, within days
of his birth in Ohio he invented the electric pacifier and
the solar-powered rattle.
Tina Louise, 70: actress, rumored to have slept with the
professor, the skipper and the millionaire on the 1960s reality
program "Gilligan's Temptation Island."
Burt Reynolds, 68: actor, revered as a god in Japan for his
performance in "Smokey and the Banzai."
Jennifer Aniston, 35: actress, is revered as a god in Japan
for her performance in the popular TV sitcom "Tomodachis"
On this day in 1733, English settlers led by Captain Crunch
founded the city of Battle Creek, Michigan.
On this day in 1999, the Senate voted to acquit President
Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice, but found him
guilty of truth-fudging and intern-banging.
Charles Darwin (1809-1882): many scientists pooh-poohed the
theory of evolution he set forth in "On the Origin of
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1965): 16th president, freed all peoples
to have drunken sex in his epic speeches the "Intoxication
Proclamation" and the "Fornication Proclamation
Maud Adams, 59: actress, starred in the Woody Allen/James
Bond movie, "What's New, Octopussy?"
Christina Ricci, 24: actress, starred in "Clinton Family
On this day in 1741, Andrew Bradford of Pennsylvania published
the first American magazine, the Colonial Inquirer. Its motto:
"Inquiring colonists want to know."
On this day in 1920, the League of Nations allowed Switzerland
to claim its perpetual neutrality, but then passed a resolution
to block the further spread of "this insidious neutrality
Grant Wood (1892-1942): artist, depicted a Brazilian couple
gripping a pitchfork in his greatest work, "South American
Stockard Channing, 60: actress, starred in the critically
acclaimed geology film "Six Degrees of Sedimentation."
Jerry Springer, 60: host of the daytime cockfighting show
"Lowest Common Denominator."
On this day in 1849, James Polk became the first president
to be photographed in office. Polk lost his re-election bid
though, having frightened voters with his beaming red eyes.
On this day in 1859, Oregon became the nation's 33rd state,
but was put on a six-month probation filled with merciless
hazing from some of the older states.
On this day in 1945, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Paraguay joined
the United Nations after agreeing to keep their noses clean
and refrain from building atomic bombs.
Carl Bernstein, 60: journalist, author of "All the President's
Meg Tilly, 44: actress, played a young nun smitten with a
movie monster in "Agnes of Godzilla."
On this day in 2000, Fox aired "Who Wants to Marry a
Serial Killer?," a reality-style TV special that drew
huge ratings and left only seven dead.
On this day in 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed
a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the
Supreme Court, as long as they wore a short skirt and high
On this day in 1964, Cassius Clay became the heavyweight
boxing champ with a brash, trash-talking victory over loud-mouth
couch potato Howard Cosell.
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642): Italian astronomer, used a telescope
to prove his theory that the universe did not revolve around
Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906): American suffragist, born in
Adams, Mass., began suffering at age 2 months.
Matt Groening, 50: creator of the knife-wielding cartoon
family, "The O.J. Simpsons."